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. >> alisyn: yeah, dick cheney is talking about john brennan of course, nominated for the cia, chuck hagel for defense and even john kerry for secretary of state. dick cheney believes that these people will put our country at risk, and particularly, he singled out chuck hagel, he thinks, dick cheney thinks barack obama nominated because he wants to have g.o.p. street cred and look, i have a republican here in my cabinet or nominated a republican so everybody be quiet. >> mike: and he says the choices were dismal and kind of seems like the country agrees. look at the latest fox news poll when it comes to this point. is the country today weaker compared to five years ago? 48%, almost half of us say it's weaker, less powerful. >> alisyn: half of that say it's stronger and more powerful. 27% say the same as before. they're not quite sure. and no wonder, a rough five years. >> the remarkable thing in another poll in the same series of polls, people are asked is the government bigger and more powerful. and the overwhelming majority says yes. the irony, even as government is more powerful domesti
's bring it all together and have a real discussion. >> one of the other issues on the table is chuck hagel, the nominee for secretary of defense. let you get on the record for that. is he someone who you can support on the job? >> i had him in my office a couple of weeks ago, we had some discussion. i haven't taken a position on the hagel nomination. and, of course, following the committee closely also. i'm still reading the transcript, trying to figure out what direction i want to go on this particular nomination. i'll leave at that. >> senator mccain will fight any efforts to filibuster this. you are not sure how you will vote on an up-or-down vote, but would you oppose a filibuster? >> i don't know at this point. i probably would. i don't know at this point. i think he deserves an opportunity to come forward and make his -- make his arguments and i think he's doing that now in the community -- in the committee itself. i will continue to follow this closely. >> senator, state of the union. one week from today. i don't know if that's the pin have you on the left lapel, part of the no-labe
. >>> as republicans have now blocked a vote on former senator chuck hagel's nomination as defense secretary. the first time such a vote has been blocked for a cabinet nominee. republicans are demanding the white house reveal more details about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the fight resumes when senators return from their presidents' day recesses. >>> and if confirmed, hagel will oversee the drawdown in afghanistan. it has now been nearly a month since a u.s. service member was killed there. the longest such stretch in five years. afghans are doing much of the fighting. and for the first time, afghan women are being trained for their special forces. >>> the fda has approved what's being called the first bionic eye, allowing thousands of blind people to at least partially see again. the device is actually a pair of glasses with a camera that triggers electrodes implanted in the eye. it treats blindness that results from a damaged retina. >>> and the former mayor of san diego has admitted to gambling away a staggering $1 billion, including millions that she took from her late husband's c
colleague chuck hagel is confirmed, hopefully as early as next week. for all these reasons, i have long been a supporter of renewable fuels, and i encourage the further development of an industry that is important both to our national security as well as to our farm economy. whether we are talking food or water or energy security, let me put it this way -- in the future, more crops in the field can mean fewer soldiers in the field. at the same time, as important as our defense capabilities are, we also need to rebalance toward the other three d's. the u.s. today spends more on defense than on diplomacy, democracy, and development all put together. meanwhile, in the past year china has more than doubled its investment in developing new agricultural technologies. those are the kinds of farsighted policies that are enabling china to emerge as a world power and which we, frankly, need to get back to. as we shift our focus and our resources toward smarter, more constructive forms of international interaction, it is critical that food security remain at the center of shaping this secure world. whe
to check a mirror just to make sure he wasn't chuck hagel. in a marriage equality ad, it's also the only commercial on tv that does not feature the progressive lady. why won't president obama sign the executive order for lgbt. today is the 86th bird of sydney portier, and the 50th birthday of charles barkley and had he live, it would be the birthday of kirk cobain as well. congress can, in fact, do stuff. this is "viewpoint"." [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> john: good evening i'm john fugelsang. thank you so much for joining us. with the budget sequester that would tut a trillion dollars from the budget, speaker of the house john boehner warned of dire consequences if it's allowing to through. a wall street journal opinion piece, you'll be shocked to hear blamed the entire mess on president obama. boehner named just a couple of things that he pushed through the house must be avoided. it threatens u.s. national security, thousands of jobs and more. america's military budget would be slashed, border security, law enforcement, aviation safety and many other programs would all have diminished resource
another, chuck hagel was confirmed as secretary of defense in a narrow 58-41 vote. did the delay serve any purpose other than helping lindsey graham maybe not get primaried? >> it served no purpose whatsoever. people will forget about all of this hubbub that went around it. go about his daily business and no one will be thinking about his views on iran or israel. >> i'm not completely sure it made no difference. i think it will, long-term he will serve and hopefully he serves well and i think the president, you know, optimistic about it. but i think that, you know, this will be remembered as the first in a long time, certainly if not the first ever, defense nominee who ran into these kinds of problems. i think the republicans really let it be known this guy is not going to get an easy time of it. >> it was the closest vote. my theory is that they delayed it so he could be blamed for the sequester cuts. >> john: but beyond john mccain unfriending him on facebook, is there going to be any lasting impact from this rancor or bitterness? >> perhaps further filibusters of more important -- secre
committee postponed a vote on chuck hagel. the reason, republicans want more of hagel's financial information, compensation for speechers the former republican senator gave after leaving office. hagel appears to have enough senate to break a possible filibuster and ultimately be confirmed but again it has been delayed for now. >>> chris christie is furious after former white house aide said she's concerned his weight problem might cause him to die in office. christie's response to the doctor "shut up" he says. jim acosta joins us live from washington. the governor quite blunt didn't appreciate it when the doctor was equally blunt, jim. >> no, i think, john, the governor would like a second opinion after all of this. chris christie responded to a former white house doctor's warnings about the new jersey governor's health calling the doctor as you mentioned a "hack" and telling her to "shut up." it started earlier when the potential presidential contender appeared on "the late show with david letterman" joked about his weight and took a bite from a doughnut, that concerned former wh
'm grateful for his education and there is no comparison between the quality of this man and chuck hagel. they are in different sandboxes. i'm very grateful for people like this who we desperately need in times like this. >> we go to the independent line. this is doug, welcome to the conversation. caller: thanks for taking my call and thanks to c-span. i think the only one that had any sanity and knew the questions that were going to be asked. we did not get any answers to them. how is the decision made? what are the requirements? the independent said we should have a court that regardless who the president is they should not have a unilateral way to document nominate someone. people in this country don't know about the mddaa, the national defense thorgs act which allows the president to designate a person who he feels is a terrorist or supporting terrorist organizations to deprive him of life, liberty and not be able to go in front of a court. you can't say listen, you have the wrong person. we can be unilaterally detained. there is no question about, for instance, the propaganda guy th
policies. >> is the problem with his the president and his policies or is it with chuck hagel, john brennan, john kerry? >> that's all the president. the pr the president picks the people e put aro he puts around him, too. with respect to chuck hagel and brennan, the defense and cia just in the last week their o performance in front of the committees that have to confirm them has them has been pretty poor and not not in my judgment that's the th judgment as well of senators on both sides of the aisle.f the my guess is if you look to put th the president's motives for picking chuck hagel i think he wants the republican to go be -- chu the foil if you will for what heic wants to do to the defense department, do serious damage to our military capabilities.ous it looks to me that the da president has made choices in part based on people who won't part b argue with him. mor >> we'll have much more of the vice pr interview, the former vice use o president will talk about the water use of waterboarding and his relationship with former he president george w. bush. >>> 24
your experience in research, what do you think of the reaction against chuck hagel's being secretary of defense, a man whose clearly reluctant to send soldiers into harm's way having been there himself. >> the question was about the former senator chuck hagel, a man with two purple hearts, shrapnel in his test, and all the controversy over him. without weighing in on him per se. i like the idea of people who served in uniform having a say in policy decisions in which men in uniform and women in uniform are sent into harm's way, as a general thought. i don't have a position on whether he should be secretary of defense. i do think it's interesting, and the last three or four weeks i've wished my show was up and running so we could talk about this at some length, but i think it's interesting, john kerry, chuck hagel, two men with, i think, five purple hearts between them, and both of them, although, they votedded for iraq and afghanistan, can't say they are completely doves, although, maybe john kerry didn't vote for iraq. i can't keep it straight, but in any case, what it does, and we
, chuck hagel made questions with israel and john brennan referred to jerusalem as what the radical islamists refer to it as. when you think about the environment which israel finds itself. hezbollah is stronger, and the dominance in iran and that causes a lot of of concern and of course this is coming from perez and not netanyahu. >> greta: i looked deeper into the award and a year old and president obama gave shimone peres an award when he was here a year ago. unique and significant contribution to strengthening the state of israel. and the challenges, what is the specifically unique contribution that president obama made to israel and the security of its citizen scitize? >> i would be the first to challenge that, when the president won in 2009 back in his inauguration, the first person he called was mahmoud abbas and the first interview he did was with al-arabia. and the borders, which incensed a lot of people in israel and i don't know if there are specific contributions, a lot of people will point to the iron dome system which has been successful, but if that be the case then e
hagel took money from north korea. you have that sort of reminiscent of joe mccarthy. >> also a story about when he was at harvard alleging -- >> the professors who wanted to overthrow the government at harvard. >> you have that same streak and when i invoke jesse helms, he was an irtabt even to the republican establishment. they didn't really like having jesse helms around for all those years but the resistance from the republican establishment only made him more popular with the republican base. the particular danger of cruz though i think for the republican party is the republican party today is less ideologically and geographically diverse than it was in the days of joe mccarthy. joe mccarthy was around when dwight eisenhower, a moderate republican, was running the country. today the republican party is at a moment when it needs to sort of modernize itself ideological. if a guy like ted cruz is the definition of what conservative purity is, that's a troubling development for the party because it's going to keep them in all these critical debates, it's going to keep them from movin
to die. this week in addition to the chuck hagel defense secretary nomination, the senate is expected to advance president obama's nominee to head the cia, john brennan. senator john mccain is proposing holding up the nomination of john brennan because, well, john mccain. but even in the midst of that conflict, there is an interesting confluence of opinion right now that something major should be changed in mr. brennan's field of expertise. mr. brennan broached the subject in a "washington post" profile that ran about him last october. the acting director of the cia from whom mr. brennan would take over if he is confirmed, that acting director raised the issue in an article "the new york times" published about the cia in december. and now the man, the republican senator who is threatening to hold up the brennan nomination so the acting director has to stay on, this republican senator, he too says that he agrees that something big needs to be changed. >> what we really need to do is take this whole program out of the hands of the central intelligence agency and put it into the departme
to what happened last week with chuck hagel and his nomination hearing to be secretary of defense you know, brennan claim through i think as a strong, credible witness. it took three hours for the committee to get through issues regarding the loc memos eit the enhanced interrogation techniques and what it meant to the bin laden raid. and other things to get to what i think is really what most people want to hear which is how do you feel -- what's the nature of the threat that you're going to confront as director of central intelligence, what does recent developments in benghazi or mali or algeria what's that tell us about an evolving al-qaeda. its connection to the core in afghanistan and pakistan and where we go from here. they got to it eventually after exhausting every other alternative. >> john: senator feinstein raised the prospect of raising oversight for the drone war. do you think either is ever to be approved by the congress? >> i'm skeptical. on the one hand, i think that the administration should be more forthcoming particularly after the fact. tick harley where we do have ameri
. on the nomination of former senator chuck a deal as defense secretary -- shut cahill -- chopped hegel -- chuck hagel on defense secretary. on immigration reform, "use an -- unions sees immigration debate in the hope that organizing workers can swell the union shrinking ranks." host: that is "the wall street journal." the judiciary committee will be kicking off immigration reform. also, the house oversight and government committee will be looking at spending and we will be covering that as well on c- span.org. this piece reports that new york medicaid executive pay is sickening, that they funded not for profits in new york and are hauling in massive salaries with one top honcho ranking in 4.8 million by an explosive -- 4.8 million, an explosive congressional report has found. this report shows that these medicaid funded services have these executives making that much money. back to your phone calls here, your comments about the president saying that there is vast majority of support for background checks a month americans, not giving much attention to the assault weapons ban. chris, okla., what do yo
are going to get messy. so miles to go on that issue. >>> a vote for chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense has been postponed. republicans are demanding to know more about the former senator's finances. hagel still has the backing of all the democrats in the senate. the vote was set for today and is postponed until at least next week. >>> now to an eye-opening medical headline this morning and a health care burden for the u.s. neurologists predict the number of alzheimer's patients is expected to triple by the year 2050. that's when as many as 14 million patients may need care for the memory-robbing disease. the startling projection follows a study of patient records, as well as census numbers. >>> and doctors are warning parents about a threatening strain of whooping cough. "the new england journal of medicine" reports it's caused by a vaccine resistant germ. the illnesses were first reported overseas. it's now hitting the u.s. and it's the worst outbreak of its kind in 60 years. >>> and now to what will be the story of the weekend. a powerful blizzard is zeroing in on the nort
john brennan from the cia director job and chuck hagel from the defense secretary post unless the white house gives more information about last year's attack in benghazi. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the c.i.a. directorship, hag hagel to be confirmed to the secretary of defense, until the white house gives us an accounting. did the president pick up the phone and call anyone in the living government to help these folks? what did the president do? >> a startling new report just released from the federal trade commission that found up to 42 million americans have errors in their credit report. about half of which are considered significant. the consumer data industry association is hitting back saying "credit reports are materially accurate 98% of the time and when they do contain mistakes, our members work to resolve them quickly and to the consumers' satisfaction 95% of the time. dueling math there. >>> "saturday night live" mocking cbs sports when the lights went out. take a look. >> i received word our own steve tasker on the sidelines has new information
threatening a filibuster after chuck hagel cleared a major hurdle to becoming the next secretary. the armed services committee narrowly approved the nomination hagel's nomination moves to the full senate for a vote, expected to happen this week, maybe as early as tonight. >>> and four players on university of alabama's national championship football team arrested. safety eddie williams, linebacker tyler hayes and defensive appear lineman d.j. pettway accused of rob two students on campus. a fourth player, running back brent calloway charged with credit card fraud. head coach nick saban said all four are suspended indefinitely from the team. >>> banana joe wins best in show. adorable or what? the affenpinscher took home the crown at the westminster kennel club dog show, and joe is going out on the top. the tippy top. westminster, his final competition. he beat out five other dogs. and i know, john berman, this makes you incredibly sad this morning. >> he's a cute affenpinscher as far as affenpinschers go, but we should recognize the labs and golden retrievers. >> i have never heard of the af
. democratic leaders are expected to force a vote on the nomination of chuck hagel tomorrow. some republicans say they'll vote no unless the white house provides more information about the benghazi attack. however, hagel is expected to get the 60 votes needed for approval. >>> also president obama answers questions in a google-powered fireside hangout this afternoon, two days after he delivered the big state of the union address. it will be streamed live starting at 4:50 eastern time. >>> an ailing pope benedict celebrated his last public mass presiding over ash wednesday services at st. peters basilica. the pope was visibly moved by the thunderous applause and in his final homily, the pope warned about internal church rivalries and thanked the faithful for their support. >>> millions of christians marked the beginning of lent by getting ashes on the foreheads in observance of ash wednesday. >> and an episcopal church in western new york made it extra convenient for those with a busy schedule. drive-through ashes. yeah, you heard me right. it's actually part of a trend that started in st. lou
, the special election june 25. harry reid has started the confirmation for chuck hagel. sixty votes are needed to avoid a filibuster. despite republican opposition, it looks like reid may get what he needs. others have said they will at least vote the end a filibuster. we are back after the break. stick around. billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to reelz.com [ ♪ theme ♪ ] announce announce ladies and gentlemen, it's the "stephanie miller show." net. >> yes be it do. this hour of the "stephanie miller show" brought to you by no feathers please.com. get sweet savings and take 5% off with cotton and wool bedding. shop today. stephanie: yeah, that's the only way to say i love to you mama on value len tines day is to buy something. how about sexy liberal, sexy liberal chicago april 13? megan in chicago the official alcoholic small time realtor. >> get in line, neurotic alcoholic. hello. stephanie: hello glug glug glug. stephanie: when i heard you're in my neck of the woods na perform e of the woods naperville perhaps. i had to go to the chic
will be chuck hagel, gun control, but the fed the budget cuts, and the resignation of the pope. three years starting at noon eastern on c-span radio. "meet the press" at noon. john mccain, and mark kelly, co- founder of americans for responsible solutions on guns in america. at 1:00, guests include paul ryan, castro. chris wallace and lyndsay grahnm and rand paul. "state of the union" with jack reed and chuck schumer from new york. also, the chair of the house committee john rogers. haley barber, corey booker, and donald wharl. all starting at noone aste eastn on c-span radio. you can also listen with our free apps for your iphone, android, or black burry. -- blackberry. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> i think the women were interested in politics but had no ability to express that so they were attracted to bed who were going to be politically active or were already politically active. >> i fight each of them intriguing. probably half of them because they are so obscure. i think half of these would then pro
at the pentagon, chuck hagel, and then john brennan, his pick for the cia. obviously the benghazi matter is an obstacle for chuck hagel's confirmation and vote there in congress and then this john brennan matter is very important to the issue of these targeted drone strikes, rand paul, the senator from kentucky has said that he is willing to hold up that vote on john brennan. if he doesn't receive assurances from the white house that the united states will not target any drone strikes on americans on american soil. so some of this information i think the administration is hoping will at least for now satisfy some of those members with these concerns, wolf. >> it's going to be a tough battle, i take it. both of these confirmations likely to go through next week. but it's by no means a done deal, is it? >> reporter: it's not a -- especially when you have senators saying they may hold up nominees and so we're going to have to wait and see whether or not senator paul is satisfied with the information that he's getting from the white house. but this is perhaps, you know, a break in an impasse
on whether to end the filibuster on chuck hagel's nomination to be defense secretary. hagel is expected to be confirmed. >>> more evidence suggests that the secret to heart health is what you need. a just-published study finds eating a mediterranean style diet with nuts, olive oil, even some wine cuts cardiovascular death rights by 30%. spanish researchers ended the study early about five years into it, saying it would be unethical not to end the study. >>> okay, finally, a rap video featuring flashy cars, women in tight clothes, suggestive dancing, not unusual, but this rapper is 9 years old. unusual and using lyrics like coke is not a bad word. child welfare workers are taking a closer look at li'l poopy's youtube video. the boy's father told a boston tv station his son has done nothing wrong and police have not filed criminal charges or arrested the boy's father. a lawyer says it's freedom of speech. >> we have a lawyer on our panel, natalie jackson, outside the craziness, he's 9. that nice red car, he can't thrive that. the jewelry down to the belly button. i mean, child endangermen
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past the hour. some dwchlt op senators threatening a filibuster after chuck hagel cleared a major hurdle towards becoming the next defense secretary. the senate armed services committee narrowly approved his controversial nomination yesterday. no republicans on the panel backed the former nebraska gop senator. hagel's nomination now moves to the full senate for a vote which is expected to happen this week. it could happen as early as tonight. >>> passengers on board the cruise ship triumph are at the mercy of the sea and the wind conditions. two tugboats are moving that ship crippled by an engine fire in the gulf of mexico to a port in alabama. if sea winds do not cooperate, it could mean another day stuck with deplorable conditions. including sewage and dwindling food supply. but if all goes well, the ship could arrive this mobile by this afternoon. >>> and all public schools in hamden, connecticut will be closed today. that town was literally buried under 40 inches of snow from fr last week's blizzard. the town is still in a state of emergency as 30 crews are moving snow 24 hour
threatening a filibuster this morning after former senator chuck hagel cleared a major hurdle toward becoming the next defense secretary. the senate armed services committee narrowly approved his controversial nomination, that was yesterday. no republicans on on the panel backed the former nebraska gop senator. the nomination moves to the full senate for a vote which is expected to happen this week. maybe as early as tonight we hear. >>> and four members of the university of alabama national championship football team have been suspended indefinitely after they were arrested earlier this week. three of the players eddie williams, tyler hayes and d.j. pettway are accused of robbing two students on campus. a fourth player brent callaway is charged with fraudulent use of a credit k5card, as well. >>> it's been part of the olympic, but wrestling is now being dropped. the committee making that decision based on global participation and the popularity of the sport they say. wrestling was part of the first modern olympic games back in 1896. i for one will miss it. love wrestling. what about you? >>
council, senator chuck hagel, president and ceo fred kemp, it's my pleasure to welcome you here this afternoon for this discussion on managing the crisis in mali. before introducing today's topic, permit me to say a word about the council's africa center for the benefit of the add yoans, those who are new to us, or those of us joining us for the first time via television or the internet. the africa center was established in september 2009 with the mission to help transform u.s. and european policy approaches to africa by emphasizing the building of strong geopolitical partnerships with african states and strengthening economic growth and prosperity on the continent. they seek to inform with policymakers and the general public of the strategic importance of africa, both globally and more american and european interests in particular. a subject, which, obviously, a commitment you share with us by joining us today which is of strategic importance. we do this through publications and a robot media presence. throughout the work to promote constructive u.s. leadership and engagement i
they give any more money until he changes his policy. i would hope mr. chuck hagel gets to be secretary of defense. he is a good man that will put the welfare of the united states citizens ahead of those of israel. host: 21 for the call. it could come up this week before the senate armed services committee. this vote was delayed. some members of the committee had additional questions for the former senator and the dod nominee. last friday was the official last day at the pentagon. the story, the republican save your it. a profile of marco rubio. how he became the new voice of the gop. he will be delivering the republican response to the state of the union address. he will do it in english and spanish. a statement issued by the office, he plans to outline how the republican agenda can help close the gap between dreams and opportunity. the first time we have had a bilingual response. this is from michael on the twitter page. the economy and jobs. the obama administration is concerned about his legacy. the democratic party at first, not much will happen. still, democrats live, from pennsyl
is the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. you have been very strongly, not against him, per se, but you want more information about him. are you satisfied? >> i think he's an out liar when it comes to our possibly regarding iran and israel. you'll find a hard time finding anyone more antagonistic toward israel on the way he votes. >> doesn't the president have the right to pick his own defense secretary? >> yes. the question is, will we vote for cloture. i haven't found anything that will make it an extraordinary circumstance to vote against cloture. >> so you're going to allow that final vote to go through. but you won't vote to support him? >> that's the way it looks right now, as of about whatever time it is, i intend to vote for cloture, and he's become the secretary of defense, and if i can help him, i will. >> you're vote for cloture. just to explain to our viewers, you will not allow a filibuster to go through. he will need 51 votes as opposed to 60. >> that's right. >> a lot to sgoing on on capito hill. good to see you. >> other news we have been following. that
for chuck hagel on defense secretary. federal employees only, dividing the lines geographically. here are the numbers -- we want to hear from federal employees only in and outside of washington d.c., your take on sequester. also send us a tweet, twitter.com @cspanwj. this morning, here is the "new york post with the breakdown of what this administration is warning on sequester and the impact on federal employees. scare tactics, being $85 billion in sequester cuts would be bought by consumers, home buyers, and even some taxpayers filing paper returns. -- there is a breakdown of the federal employees that are impacted inside of washington and outside across the country. we want to hear from them only this morning to get their take on sequestration. let's go to sandra in georgia, what do you do? caller: good morning. i work for the department of defense. this is huge for me. specifically i work in the office of soldiers council. we represent soldiers that the army is looking to put out of the military. this is a monumental for me. i am proud of federal worker. we worked extremely hard. m
the outgoing defense secretary. that hagel confirmation approved in committee is anything but a sure thing. peter barnes, as we await the sergeant of arms to announce the president of the united states. is it true the president will make hacking the debt a priority. talk about the virtues of government and whatever issues not adding to the deficit isn't that going to be the equivalent after war call to republicans? >> well owe is going to talk about the budget and not adding to the deficit as you said, neil but he is going to, once again, try to often titlement reforms as part of the so-called balanced approach that he wants to take here. neil: we're having some problem with your audio, peter. maybe we can rich that. meantime, rich edson, this is a battle republicans have to take on, or just dismiss or hope the temperment of the country will improve so they're more open to challenging this president on new spending initiatives whether they add to the deficit or not. what do you think?. >> that's it, neil. when you think of what the president is looking for here. it is not to address the de
vowed to hold up his secretary of defense nominee, chuck hagel, and his cia director nominee john brennan. >> i interviewed mitch mcconnell tonight on our show. he was very definite. he said we are not going to have any revenue increases. and he also said no last-minute dpoeshg on the sequester. that was a tough thought. >> stylistically some interesting things to look for. it's a speech led by a new chief speechwriter and we haven't mentioned this point -- >> the president with sonia sotomayor, the first latina justice, elana kagan. >> it's includes ted nugent, texas congressman invited as his guest, and tony bennett, the guest of nancy pelosi. >> i was on the plane today with tony bennett, and it was a thrill. it was great. >> an illustration of how politics, political alliance has changed. the mrez shook hands with joe man chon, he will be on our program after this. joe manchian was shown firing a gun into the obama health agenda and now he is trying to work with the president. >> who has taken a marked turn in his view, you could argue that since newtown. we'll take a brief pa
hagel is who served in the military and worked up here on the hill and understands the issues involved there and can be a very effective leader at the pentagon. john brennan is somebody i worked with as director of the c.i.a. and continue to work with in this capacity. and i always found him to be very responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations against al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is somebody a straight shooter, somebody who gives you his best opinion. he doesn't play games. he's someone who i think can really honestly represent the best protection of this country in that job. >> thank you very much. and i want to thank you for your forth right comments today about the sequester. ironically as what you said in your statement, it appears the greatest threat to the united states security is the united states congress. thank you, mr. secretary. >> thank you. let me mention this, after senator nelson, the first round will be over. there may be a number of us who may want a few minutes on the second round and you two witnesses have been here
heard the chuck hagel hearings not one mention of this. talking about veterans and these issues. and one of the biggest issues facing veterans in this country right now. i hope we hear more about it we will check in with brian who is at the super bowl. more stories that brian is covering for us in just a moment. >> this peer-to-peer counseling they are doing has become quite popular tough information to be handing to you this morning. another bit of tough information be handing to you this morning hostage drama involving that 5-year-old child in alabama still going at this hour. >> oh my gosh. liz is still in alabama for us. hi, liz. >> yes, it has been an emotional roller coaster for folks here in midland city. it's hard to believe that little boy is being held hostage only blocks from our location in fact right over my left-hand shoulder is where is he being held. jim i didn't lee dykes we are hoping to learn more at a press conference scheduled at 9:00 a.m. local. we are seeing these ribbons pop up all over town in remembrance of not only the bus driver, charles albert poland, jr., bu
hagel. and since we are now just weeks away from the automatic cuts to federal spending, including defense, let me say this -- there is no reason, no reason for that to happen, putting our fiscal house in order calls for a balanced approach, not massive indiscriminate cuts that could have a severe impact on our military preparedness. so here today for the sake of our prosperity, for the sake of all these men and women in uniform, and all their brothers and sisters in uniform that they represent, now is the time to act, for democrats and republicans to come together in the same spirit that leon panetta always brought to public service, solving problems, not trying to score points, doing right for the country, not for any particular political agenda. sustaining our economic recovery, balancing budgets, leon knows something about it, but also maintaining the finest military in history. leon, this too will be part of your legacy, for no one has raised their voices firmly or as forcefully on behalf of our trips as you have. you have served with integrity and decency, and grace. you are
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